NASTD Names Karen Robinson 2020 Corporate Affiliate Committee chair: Texas IT Veteran Known for Building Bridges Between Public & Private Sectors


Karen W. Robinson


Karen Robinson is the former Chief Information Officer for the State of Texas. Now the lead consultant in her nationwide IT advisory practice, she specializes in IT integration for states and their respective agencies.

Karen W. Robinson has spent years building bridges of strategic understanding between leaders, ideas and information technology solutions. Karen worked her way up the IT ladder within state government before being named the state’s top IT executive. During her five year tenure at the head of the state’s Department of Information Resources, she was recognized as Texas CIO of the Year and Texas Public Sector Executive of the Year. She was also named to the Dell President’s Advisory Board and counted among Computer World Premier’s 100 IT Leaders.

Karen’s blend of authentic relationships and vast experience with enterprise-level information technology solutions have proven invaluable to countless public and private sector clients across America and beyond.

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As the sun rose in time zone after time zone on May 12, 2017, IT professionals across the world awoke to find their networks under attack by a bit of malicious code that came to be known as the WannaCry virus. A particularly troubling piece of ransomware, it froze computer systems and demanded $300 bitcoin payments in return for releasing each trove of locked-out documents.